What Is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a technique that gets the practitioner to focus on the moment and stay in the moment. According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness is defined as:

A way of paying attention, on purpose, to the present moment, non-judgmentally.

History of Mindfulness

In 1979, Jon Kabat-Zinn started the Stress Reduction Clinic at the Massachusetts Medical Center – at this time, the word mindfulness had no ties to the medical community. Jon Kabat-Zinn developed a program called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). This program focused on using the breath and loving yourself to heal a number of “treatment resistant” patients. After practicing the techniques for 8 weeks, patients began to have incredible transformations. People with chronic pain disorders experienced reduction in pain, patients with high blood pressure, psoriasis, and fibromyaligia began to have dramatic symptom reduction.

Time Magazine reported that companies such at General Mills, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram have executives attending an annual mindfulness gathering to hear Jon Kabat-Zinn speak. Google offers an in-house mindfulness program that is offered four times a year to employees .